History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

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freely, I leave all in the hands of God, who will direct all things <April 9.> for his glory and the accomplishment of his work. Praying that God may spare you to do much good in this life, I subscribe myself your brother in the Lord, Joseph Smith Junr. [HC 2:440]
April–May 1836
<x> The remainder of this month, and May, also, was devoted to the spiritual interests of the brethren, and particularly in devising ways and means to build up , and in fact the city began to spring into existence like the opening buds of the forest. <x here insert [6 words illegible]> <Note Q addenda page 5> [HC 2:441]
16 May 1836 • Monday
<May 16th. High Council on trial> President having preferred a charge of unchristian like conduct, to the high Council, against . The Council assembled in the , when it was proved that he had so conducted himself as to bring unnecessary persecution on myself; that he had neglected his family, leaving them without wood, without provisions, or telling them where he was going or when he should return; that he used strong drink, and <had> been intimate with other women. confessed his propensity for tale bearing and drinking strong liquor but denied the other charges; and the council decided that he could no longer be an elder or member in the church until there was a thorough reformation. Charges were also preferred against Sisters Hannah Brown and L. Elliot, of unchristian conduct. The<y> confessessed they had been guilty of telling falsehoods. The council reproved them and permitted them to retain their standing, in the church. The council then withdrew fellowship from Elder Charles Kellogg <Kelley>.
<notes R S, T, V, Addenda page 5> [HC 2:442]
23 May 1836 • Monday
<23. Council> The case of Elder Charles Kellogg Kelley was again [HC 2:443] brough[t] before the High Council then in session, and it was proved that he left his family in a destitute situation about the time of the solemn Assembly. and other unchristian like conduct <Charles Kellog, Asahel Perry & , cut off—.> for which the council decided that he be excluded from the church. Also Asahel Perry was cut off from the Church for unchristian like conduct. was excluded from the church, for treating the society with contempt
2 June 1836 • Thursday
<June 2.> <here insert the death of Miss see in the Messenger & Advocate page 336> June 2nd. wrote from , Mo. to President , from which are the following extracts.
< Letter.> “Since I returned home to , I have been out on two expeditions, examining the regions of the “Far West.” Soon after our return, and myself passed from to the North West corner of , and examined the mills, and streams, and country around Mr [Humphrey] Smiths, generally demomenated “yankee Smith” It is customary you know for the sake of provincialism, among nations, kindreds and people, to nick-name by their religion, or province, or ancestry; so that one can be distinguished, by being an Israelite, a Canaanite, a Christian, a Mormon, a Methodist, &c; or a corn cracker, or a Mighty Hunter, &c according to fancy, or favor. From Mr Smith’s we proceeded North easterly through some timber, and some Prairie to “Plattsburgh”, the county seat for Clinty <Clinton> County, “ a smart little town,” containing from [p. 733]
freely, I leave all in the hands of God, who will direct all things April 9. for his glory and the accomplishment of his work. Praying that God may spare you to do much good in this life, I subscribe myself your brother in the Lord, Joseph Smith Junr. [HC 2:440]
April–May 1836
x The remainder of this month, and May, also, was devoted to the spiritual interests of the brethren, and particularly in devising ways and means to build up , and in fact the city began to spring into existence like the opening buds of the forest. x here insert Note Q addenda page 5 [HC 2:441]
16 May 1836 • Monday
May 16th. High Council on trial President having preferred a charge of unchristian like conduct, to the high Council, against . The Council assembled in the , when it was proved that he had so conducted himself as to bring unnecessary persecution on myself; that he had neglected his family, leaving them without wood, without provisions, or telling them where he was going or when he should return; that he used strong drink, and had been intimate with other women. confessed his propensity for tale bearing and drinking strong liquor but denied the other charges; and the council decided that he could no longer be an elder or member in the church until there was a thorough reformation. Charges were also preferred against Sisters Hannah Brown and L. Elliot, of unchristian conduct. They confessessed they had been guilty of telling falsehoods. The council reproved them and permitted them to retain their standing, in the church. The council then withdrew fellowship from Elder Charles Kelley.
notes R Addenda page 5 [HC 2:442]
23 May 1836 • Monday
23. Council The case of Elder Charles Kelley was again [HC 2:443] brought before the High Council then in session, and it was proved that he left his family in a destitute situation about the time of the solemn Assembly. and other unchristian like conduct Charles Kellog, Asahel Perry & , cut off—. for which the council decided that he be excluded from the church. Also Asahel Perry was cut off from the Church for unchristian like conduct. was excluded from the church, for treating the society with contempt
2 June 1836 • Thursday
June 2. here insert the death of Miss see in the Messenger & Advocate page 336 June 2nd. wrote from , Mo. to President , from which are the following extracts.
Letter. “Since I returned home to , I have been out on two expeditions, examining the regions of the “Far West.” Soon after our return, and myself passed from to the North West corner of , and examined the mills, and streams, and country around Mr Humphrey Smiths, generally demomenated “yankee Smith” It is customary you know for the sake of provincialism, among nations, kindreds and people, to nick-name by their religion, or province, or ancestry; so that one can be distinguished, by being an Israelite, a Canaanite, a Christian, a Mormon, a Methodist, &c; or a corn cracker, or a Mighty Hunter, &c according to fancy, or favor. From Mr Smith’s we proceeded North easterly through some timber, and some Prairie to “Plattsburgh”, the county seat for Clinton County, “ a smart little town,” containing from [p. 733]
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